Ariel Hacohen was born in Jerusalem (1993) where he lives and work today. As a child of an Orthodox Jewish family, he studied in the religious education system, acquiring a passion for art in an informal framework. Photography is a central tool in his thought and creative processes, and through it he engages in ideas that are significant to him: a constant movement between the sacred and secular states in everyday life, postmodern conceptions of concepts such as “history,” “documentation” and “time” and a homoerotic perspective on the body. He works with a variety of strategies: direct and spontaneous 35mm camera shooting, staged photography, image appropriation, video-art, digital image manipulation, as well as sculptural work in casting techniques.
In 2015, after a year of Jewish studies and military service, He enrolled in photography at Bezalel Academy, and since then he has participated in group exhibitions and his work has been published in print and online art magazines. In the fall semester of 2017, He attended Beaux-arts de Paris art school (ENSBA) as part of a student exchange program, where he also participated in three exhibitions. In Israel, He has participated in group exhibitions at the Beit haGefen Gallery, Haifa (2016), the haCubia Gallery, Jerusalem (2019), the Hecht Museum, Haifa (2019), the Bezalel Photography Gallery (2016, 2017, 2019) and more.
During his studies at Bezalel, he received several honors: the 2016/2017 Academic Excellence Award, the Yossi Breger Photography Department Excellence Award for 2017/2018 and the Excellence Award in the Visual and Material Culture Department for 2017/2018. In May 2019, he won the Hecht Prize for young artists in the field of fine art (2nd place) and in July 2019 he won a print scholarship for an outstanding graduation project by “The Print House,” Tel Aviv. In October 2019, he was awarded the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship for excellence in photography.